Celtics pull it out in nail-biting game 5 to defeat Sixers

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As the Sixers faced elimination late in Game 5 in Boston, their best shooter was having trouble, well, shooting as the game wound down toward a thrilling finish.

After the game, Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said he wasn't ready to reflect on anything the Sixers might have accomplished during the season.

Sixers fans will love this confidence amongst their own players as it truly means there could be a bright future ahead of this group of players.

"I think we've got a bright future", Embiid said, and related an exchange he and Simmons shared after their loss to the Celtics, when the guard pointed to the center's hands and predicted there would be "a lot of rings" on Embiid's fingers. "We've got to learn from it", Embiid added.

"I'm just learning, this is just the start for me, I have a long way to go".

"If we're going to do anything of any significance, we're always going to have to go through the Boston Celtics", he said.

It also helps that the team isn't suffering much in the way of major losses in free agency.

With the talent that is on these teams, look for some tough battles between them for many years to come. Redick was a stable veteran in the rotation and provided helpful floor spacing that helped Embiid and Simmons thrive. If the Los Angeles Lakers' pick lands at #1 or at #6 to 30, the pick will go to Philly.

So the Sixers should have plenty of opportunities to improve in the next few offseasons.

Simmons certainly felt like there was a lot more basketball left to be played, as he said: "The feeling right now is I didn't want to be done".

"Coming into this building, arena the fans are unbelievable here", Simmons said.